Art forms: Textiles, Craft
Summary: I am a weaver/textile artist. My studio practice is combined with teaching. Combining traditional techniques with contemporary design, my work ranges from fine silk scarves to 3D woven art. Materials used are mainly natural fibres, especially silk; yarns are coloured and painted making each item unique. I also enjoy experimenting with more unusual materials such as copper wire and ‘found materials’.
Locations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex
Experience: I have had a varied teaching career, and am an experienced weaver.
As Artist Educator for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts I design and facilitate workshops for schools, families and outreach groups.
I have led workshops for the Salthouse/Cley Contemporary Art Project since 2008 running sessions for schools, families, carers and clients and special needs groups.
At Dragon Hall in Norwich I run the weaving Summer Schools and teach textile courses.
I provide talks and demonstrations for guilds and groups.
At the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind I work as a volunteer running The Living Art Group for older people. I have many years experience working with children and young people with visual impairment.
My teaching career encompasses early years to further education.
Qualifications: Qualified teacher. BA Lit, PGCE, RSA Cert TEFL, B,phil (Special Education visual impairment), Creative Textiles level 3, distinction in Access in Art and Design.
Committee member Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society.
Projects: Projects can be from one hour tasters to full courses. Examples of topics include simple weaving with the emphasis on creativity and exploration using found natural and recycled materials.
Community tapestries are a more sustained project with themes relevant to a given group.
Dyeing sessions explore the use of colour.
Feltmaking workshops can result in individual designs to take home at the end of the session, or in communal panels for display.
Some examples of previous projects include workshop leader for community basketry project with NNAB/Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts; a series of curriculum related feltmaking days for Northgate High School; and recently ‘Birds and Other Creatures’ family day for Cley 12 Art Festival weaving into willow shapes with a range of exciting and colourful materials.
Groups worked with: Sessions can be adapted for all ages and abilities.
Studio 6 Muspole Workshops,
25-27 Muspole St,